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Don
Posted: August 14th, 2008, 10:19pm Report to Moderator
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The Movie Deal! Screenplay Competition Deadline is September 30th, 2008
You can save $15.00 off on your submission using  the promo code: SI8138 on the 'Enter Now' page at http://www.TheMovieDeal.com

Particulars:

New INDIE screenplay competition offers an exciting PRODUCTION DEAL to the grand prize winner.... The winning writer of The Movie Deal! Screenplay Contest will receive an honest-to-gosh PRODUCTION DEAL, plus airfare and accommodations to the set of their own film.


Independent filmmakers Craig James Pietrowiak & Scott Prestin, currently in pre-production on the $4 million feature starring Ving Rhames, William Forsythe, Armand Assante and John Gries, have launched The MovieDeal! Screenplay Contest to find their next INDIE script! The goal is to produce a hit bigger than 'Project Greenlight' ever dreamed of. We're looking for an original, innovative, yet marketable idea that could garner the success of the hits 'Napoleon Dynamite,' 'The Blair Witch Project,' or 'Open Water.' It doesn't matter what genre, it just has to be INDIE and INTERESTING!


You don't need AGENCY representation to enter. We want the best scripts in the market, which as independent filmmakers we know usually comes from up-and-coming talent, just like you!


Entries to The Movie Deal! are invited in 10 categories for feature length genres, as well as TV pilots, and short films. For submission details and other information, please visit: TheMovieDeal.com.



Full Disclosure: This is a paid advertisement, however I've looked into the site, talked to the folks at The Movie Deal and this seems good.  It is $60 to submit a feature and $25 for a short.  Knock $15 off  the feature with the promo code.  (no discount for short). As always, check out the site for yourself and make your own decision.  - Don


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Quick update.  Final deadline is September 30th.

Use the "Special Offer Entry" link on the "Enter Now" page and use promo code SI8138 to get $15.00 off the entry fee for a feature.

The Movie Deal

Also, please let me know of you have or plan to enter the contest.  I'd love your feedback.

Thanks,

Don



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Don,

As I understand it, theyíre looking for pretty low budget stuff. They mentioned specifically, Napoleon Dynamite, Open Water, and The Blair Witch Project. Do you think it would do any good to submit anything other than scripts for very low budget films?

The contest sounds good but Iím not sure why they would have a shorts category. They donít mention whether or not they would want to develop a short into a feature length. It seems like it would be pointless to have shorts in this particular type of contest unless the short had potential to be expanded into a feature.


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Hey Breanne,

I won't comment on the shorts side of things, but I did mention in a previous post about submitting something that would be high budget for just the reason you've mentioned...it's not what they're looking for, really.

It does sound like an excellent opportunity for someone with a low budget script though, which I know you have and I've read.  If you're looking at possibly getting into this, I'd say give it a shot.


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Ösomething that would be high budget...it's not what they're looking for, really.


So my script King Kong vs. The X-Men, set in Waterworld, would be pointless to submit?



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Quoted from Breanne Mattson
Don,

As I understand it, theyíre looking for pretty low budget stuff. They mentioned specifically, Napoleon Dynamite, Open Water, and The Blair Witch Project. Do you think it would do any good to submit anything other than scripts for very low budget films?

The contest sounds good but Iím not sure why they would have a shorts category. They donít mention whether or not they would want to develop a short into a feature length. It seems like it would be pointless to have shorts in this particular type of contest unless the short had potential to be expanded into a feature.


Breanne



What Mike said.


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So my script King Kong vs. The X-Men, set in Waterworld, would be pointless to submit?


Hmm.  If both King Kong and the X-Men were action figures and it was set in your bathtub.  Maybe.

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So my script King Kong vs. The X-Men, set in Waterworld, would be pointless to submit?


Anymore pointless than Waterworld?


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In the interest of following up, the finalists have been announced.


http://www.themoviedeal.com/#/finalists/4532422034


I seldom enter competitions but entered this one because I apparently have a deep seated masochistic need to occasionally have my confidence squashed. Needless to say, my need was met as I didnít place.

Don had asked to be informed of entrants' experiences with this competition and all I can really say is that I didnít experience anything particularly negative. I entered. I lost. Pretty standard fees. Pretty standard results. I had no contact with competition administrators from the time I entered until the time the finalists were announced so there really isnít anything to tell.

All we can do is wait and see what becomes of the winner; to see if the script is produced, and if anything becomes of it. I wish I could give more feedback but there really isnít anything to say. I suppose no bad news is good news.


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Thanks for the feedback Breanne.
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I also entered and also did not place...so obviously something's wrong with the judging!

I thought for some reason that most recent hideous Vin Diesel movie came from this, but I don't see anything on their site about it, so maybe I was wrong.


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Quoted from Dreamscale
I also entered and also did not place...so obviously something's wrong with the judging!


They must have misplaced our scripts. They couldnít have read them or surely they would have gone insane with joy.


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I thought for some reason that most recent hideous Vin Diesel movie came from this, but I don't see anything on their site about it, so maybe I was wrong.


To the best of my knowledge this is the first one ever, although many of the people behind it have some solid credits.


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I agree completely, Breanne.  Or maybe, when they got to our scrits, something horrible had just happened in their life, and they just couldn't concentrate on all the witty humor and dialogue, and intense action that was so blatantly obvious on the page.

Maybe, just maybe, some phantom wind came in and whisked our scripts into the "pass file".  Yeah, that's most likely what happened.

Never hurts to try though...


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Which scripts did you guys submit?  I'm assuming Fade to White and Singles Camp.


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Fade to White, but I included a song and dance sequence in which all the characters dressed as giant bananas, and I intercut it with scenes from "The Sound of Music".  Maybe I overdid it a bit, cause I went with 2 complete songs in a row...Edelweiss and Do Re Mi.

I thought it would work well in developing my characters, but now I think I went too far...what do you think?


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Quoted from Dreamscale
Fade to White, but I included a song and dance sequence in which all the characters dressed as giant bananas, and I intercut it with scenes from "The Sound of Music".  Maybe I overdid it a bit, cause I went with 2 complete songs in a row...Edelweiss and Do Re Mi.

I thought it would work well in developing my characters, but now I think I went too far...what do you think?



I don't think you went obscure enough.  You should have gone with something along the lines of "Song of the South" or "Francis, the Talking Mule".


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